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Premier League : Norwich City vs Watford Player Ratings as Watford cruise to victory as Sarr bags a brace

Here are the player updates for the Premier League fixture between Norwich City vs Watford

Watford condemn Norwich to a 1-0 defeat to leave the hosts with a lot of concerns. The Hornets were too smart with their moves as with a lot of individual quality but they kind of switched off at moments, which made this game more interesting. Dennis fired them into the lead early, and Pukki followed with an equalizer. But, thanks to the brace from Sarr, Watford take all three points home and get a boost in the table.

The first half started slow with Watford enjoying more of the possession, and got reward for it in the 17th minute when Emmanuel Dennis headed home towards the far post to give Norwich the lead. Norwich got back into the game and started making chances, and finally got their equalizer 10 minutes before the half time mark, when Teemu Pukki put the ball into the net, thanks to a brilliant pass by Normann. Watford, however, should have had another goal as they created 8 chances in the first half.

The second half started with end-to-end stuff but Watford tried to penetrate the Norwich City defense more and got themselves a goal in the 63rd minute through Sarr, who finished it smartly after a great run and cutback from King. Soon, he bagged a second as he tapped one into the empty net to give Hornets a vital win.

Norwich City

Tim Krul (6/10) : Krul had a decent game personally but could not do most in terms of the goals. He made five saves but the one off King would be the highlight.

Max Aarons (6/10) : An average performance from Aarons as he looked good at times winning duels and recovering the ball, but also was dispossessed few times.

Grant Hanley (5/10) : A poor game from the skipper sums it up for the whole squad. Hanley could have definitely done more for the goals but struggled a lot.

Ozan Kabak (6/10) : Not a good game from Kabak as he was beaten easily for the first goal from Dennis and also was not very convincing.

Brandon Williams (4/10) : It has to be one of the poorest performances in the game as Williams simply didn’t klook up to the task. No pressure on the cross that led to the goal, and most goals coming from his flank.

Mathias Normann (7/10) : Normann had a decent debut as he not only provided an assist for their only goal via a beautiful pass, but also was not dispossessed once in the game.

Billy Gilmour (6/10) : A silent show in the game from Gilmour as he did good work off the ball but struggled to make openings and pass through for the attackers.

Kenny McLean (7/10) :Best out of the three midfielders as McLean recovered the ball five times and had a passing accuracy of 93 percent.

Joshua Sargent (5/10) : Not a very good day for Sargent as he could hardly contribute to the game, and got only a half chance throughout.

Milot Rashica (6/10) : Another player who struggled in the attack was Rashica as he could only get two shots, although both were on target.

Teemu Pukki (7/10) : A mixed performance from Pukki as he had the least touches (26) of any outfield player to play the full 90, but also took the one big chance Norwich got pretty well.


Todd Cantwell (6/10) : Cantwell was brought in to add attacking flair to the game as he was given the No.10 role, but it was too late as Watford settled with the lead.

Christos Tzolis (6/10) : Not much in contribution from the 19-year-old Greek, although he looked sharp when he came on in the second half.

Adam Idah: (N/A)


Ben Foster: (7/10) Massive performance from Ben Foster as he made sure Norwich don’t get something out of nothing and also passed the ball well

Kiko Femenia (8/10) : Kiko had a very good outing in the right flank as his link up with Sarr caused a lot of problems for Norwich, and he also got an assist to show.

William Troost-Ekong: (7/10) A very vital challenge from Troost-Ekong in the second half made sure Norwich did not return in the game, and had a good outing.

Craig Cathcart (7/10) : Cathcart looked decent throughout the game and did all he could alongside Troost-Ekong in a good defensive performance.

Danny Rose (6/10) : Danny Rose looked clumsy at times but saw the game out well in the second half by deying any half chance to Norwich.

Tom Cleverley (6/10) : Cleverley dropped an average performance defensively, as he lost most of the duels he contested in, but helped the team going forward.

Ismaila Sarr (9/10) Definitely the Man of the Match but Sarr personally won’t be happy as he could have gotten a hattrick as he got a decent chance in the first 45 mins. Overall, a brilliant game for him.

Moussa Sissoko (6/10) : A dominant show in the midfield from Sissoko physically but still lags behind in the technical aspect a bit as he mis-passed few times in crucial moments.

Juraj Kucka (7/10) : A brilliant performance that will go under the radar as Kucka had the most duels won (14) in the match.

Emmanuel Dennis (8/10) : Dennis was again pivotal for the win as his awareness in the box rewarded him with a goal. Dennis was a real threat throughout the game.

Joshua King (9/10) : Not amongst the goal scorers but King did really well in the game and was one of the most pivotal pieces of the team. He got an assist and the third goal was a rebound off his shot.


Jeremy Ngakia (6/10) : Ngakia was subbed on to fill huge boots in the game as Kiko had an amazing match, but Ngakia did well and had good accuracy in passes all throughout.

Ken Sema (6/10) : Nothing much for Sema o do as he was sent to see out the match, which he did quite well by charging for loose balls and keeping the ball.

Oghenekaro Etebo: (N/A).

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